Post # 1
I’m wondering how everyone keeps all of their wedding stuff organized. I’ve put together my own binder since I couldn’t find anything at any of the bookstores that I loved, but I was wondering how everyone else does it?
Do you use online sources (like The Knot or Martha’s to-do lists, budgets, and guest list organizers), or are you all pen-and-paper? Any recommendations?
Post # 3
I love http://www.weddingwire.com. It’s been a great resource for me, helping me keep track of budgets, checklists, and keeping my vendor info in order. It’ll also allow you to set-up your own wedding website (so guests can visit, view wedding details, accomodations, directions, etc).
I felt theknot.com and weddingchannel.com were too overrated.
Post # 4
There are some amazing downloadable documents at russel+hazel.com
My mom bought me the Mindy Weiss organizer but it was overkill. I could have made due with a binder and some of those templates. But it was super cute…
Post # 5
Thanks for the recommendations! I will definitely check these out.
Post # 6
I bought a 3 inch burgundy binder from walmart for all my stuff. I used sectioned pages from a free wedding binder that I got and used the useful lists and charts from it. Everytime I found something I liked I put it in the binder. I had pocket folders for vendor info and contracts and even had one for all my name change info and forms that I would need afterwards. It was definitely helpful in the end.
Post # 7
It’s called my mom. ;o) I hand everything over to her. And thank goodness for electronic documents!!! I have all our contracts saved online.
Post # 8
I use something that is like a binder, but doesn’t have the three rings (don’t know what it’s actually called). It has 13 different compartments to hold all the information from different vendors. I also have a separate portfolio that I use for jotting down ideas and questions to ask at vendor appointments.
Post # 9
This was one of my first questions to the boards (5 months ago-something like that 😉 and I took their advice: you don’t really need a "wedding binder". A three ring binder, hole puncher, dividers and plain and/or lined paper will do wonders. Pockets are a plus! Any list can be found on one of the various online web sites cited above.
Post # 10
I purchased a Wedding organizer, but wish I would have saved the money as it is filled with things I don’t really need; it’s a three ring binder with pocket folders separating each section and those are all I basically use. I have a notebook that I jot down thoughts/ideas in, a folder on my flashdrive and in my email, and a small storage box to hold storage/receipts/etc. I agree with some of the previous posts, I think I would have been just fine with a binder and a few folders!
Post # 11
I’m all electronic. Microsoft Excel is my best friend, and she keeps all my secrets (my budget, guest list, timelines, and checklists!!!). I scan stuff I like and organize it into all my folders in my wedding folder. It looks pretty much like the boards here, music, dress, flowers, honeymoon, LOL!
Post # 12
I bought a wedding planner/binder at the bookstore, which has helped some, especially in the beginning with questions to ask vendors and side-by-side comparisons for their answers. I also recycled an old 3-ring binder from college and some page protectors and some dividers, and I cut out magazine pages with ideas I like and put them in there for inspiration. Every few weeks I go through it and "edit" (throw out) things I’ve bought or changed my mind about. Ideas that make the final cut go onto my french board for constant inspiration right in my living room! I also use the bookmarks feature in my web browser to keep handy Weddingbee board topics and blog posts that have ideas I need. I like the Knot’s Guest List Manager, but that’s it. When I’m out and see something I take a pic or write a note on my BlackBerry and download it later. I also keep up with all my to-dos on my BlackBerry and Remember the Milk Pro. Good luck! [attachment=117291,3087]
Post # 13
Most of my stuff is electronic, in a semi-organized folder on my laptop, which is also backed up on my desktop and an external hard drive. 🙂
For the magazine pictures I’ve ripped out and any other papers I’ve picked up, I have them organized in file folders. And, the folders are all in one of those pocket things, I don’t know what they’re called… they just hold files.
Post # 14
I got a wedding planning book for my birthday…but it’s no good.
I use my computer to do excel sheets, and printed some worksheets from realsimple.com and marthastewart.com and I put all in a 3 ring binder with dividers.
Everything is in one place and very neat if you ask me.
Post # 15
I purchased the kno binder. It has all the great list, time lines, place to put down vendors phone number plus it has great little folders I keep all reciepts in. Its a life saver, I am so glad I purchased it else I sure I would have had a freak out by now.
Post # 16
I bought a copy of the wedding planner by Darcy Miller from Amazon (which I have since lagged behind with updates) but mostly, I use Google Documents so that I can share documents with my fiance – he can edit the documents at the same time as me so we are constantly updated with the same info (or at least I like to think so!!) 🙂